Starting with the full and confident sound of the now more than 40-strong orchestra performing the 20th Century Fox theme, the evening was a tribute to the wonderful evergreen music from musical theatre and the movies.
The orchestra followed up with The Raiders March from Jurassic Park and The Phantom of the Opera. Introducing the evening, Mr Phillip Bailey made special mention of how the NAIS Pudong orchestra has grown over the past year, now including musicians from right across the school, from beginners to experienced players.
Musical Theatre Club members, Eli Wiegman and Oliver MacDonald-Butler, provided some light relief with a comedy skit as the stage was then prepared for the school choirs and Musical Theatre Club performances. The Musical Theatre Club is a new CCA this year, with students coming together on two afternoons each week to learn stage craft. As the curtains opened on their first performance, all dressed in green they launched into a confident rendition of Wicked, delighting the audience with their expression and singing.
A flood of Infants students were next on stage; their choir, the Rainbow Review, having now grown so large that they fill almost the whole stage. Small in stature, but large in voice and enthusiasm, the choir began their set with Where is Love? before being joined onstage by the older Primary students forming the Cantabella, to sing the all-time favourite from The Sound of Music, Eidelweiss. Many in the audience sang along and the students received a rousing ovation.
The Cantabella, conducted by Mrs Louisa Bailey, then showed just how accomplished they are as choral singers, with I Could Have Danced all Night, before relinquishing the stage to the NAIS Pudong Community Choir. This choir comprises parents, teachers and friends of NAIS Pudong, with many very experienced musicians among them. The choir sang One from Chorus Line and, in a preview of what’s to come in next year’s school production of Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim’s No One is Alone.
A brand new choir was up next. The newly-formed Senior Vocal Group, consisting of Secondary students from Year 7 to 10, made their performing debut with I Know Him So Well, singing in three parts. No doubt their numbers will swell following their excellent performance.
Always a crowd favourite, the IB Choir, depleted in numbers due to our Year 13 students currently sitting examinations, sang the Broadway classic, 42nd Street, before the second of the Musical Theatre Group’s performances rounded out the evening. Accompanied by a pit band consisting of Mr Bailey, Mr Bevan Graham and peripatetic music teachers, these young thespians performed a rousing scene from Les Miserables, including two beautiful and touching solo performances, from Arianna Pantalone and Jana Baden.
To conclude the evening, Principal Mrs Wallace congratulated all of the performers and the Performing Arts Department for their hard work and dedication in putting together such an entertaining programme.
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